2016 Mitsubishi Mirage Release Date, Review, Price, Specs – Within the subcompact economy car segment, a once conceding mostly rolling penalty boxes, has eventually matured into one with a figure of enjoyable, economical transportation choices. Unfortunately, the upcoming 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage, despite being among the new entrants, seems to be rather a holdout.
You won’t immediately notice this at first by just looking at the specs. With EPA ratings capped at 40 mpg when combined with the CVT and an sumptuosly low base MSRP, this 4-door Mitsubishi hatchback is by the strongest terms possible, outright thrifty.
Standard features available on the base model are rather impressive and even include a USB/iPod hookup for the audio system, automatic climate control while the options roster includes a rearview camera, navigation system, and front/rear parking sensors.
According to my own assumption, if you had a chance to head-out for a test-drive, the most probable occurrence would be for the bloom to come off. And underway, you might notice the bumpy ride, wheezy acceleration, rough handling and an overall disappointing riding expedition.
One of the most noticeable flaws on the new Mirage include lots of engine noise irrespective of the speed you moving, and most of the cabin materials are of low quality. For these reasons, I highly encourage shoppers to consider other choices within the price range. Some of the options include Chevy Spark, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Hyundai Accent.
Exterior Review & Interior Redesign – 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage
First things first, the new vehicle is a small, four door, five passenger hatchback available in only two trim versions: DE and ES.
Some of the standard features to expect in the base DE sedan model should include 14-inch steel wheels, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, automatic climate control, a tilt-only steering wheel, and a four-speaker sound system. Alloy wheels comes as an option.
The ES adds those foglights, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and shift knob, a height-adjustable driver seat, along with keyless ignition and entry, metallic interior accents, 14-inch alloys, and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The optional Navigation package adds a rearview camera and navigation system.
Available as option for both the SE and DE trims is the Park Assist package, which makes available front and rear parking sensors. Other options include various chrome exterior accents, utility items like mud flaps and cargo nets, and interior lighting.
Nothing fancy will be available inside the Mitsubishi Mirage 2016, as most surfaces are made from hard plastics and even of poor quality. Also, the telescopic steering wheel is notably missing, which might prove difficult for some users behind the wheel, however, taller folks will find the interior height cozy.
In the aft, the shoulder room and headroom are limited as well, and average sized adults will most probably find it cramped. Additionally, the posterior bench is quite flat, with the least comfort. With the posterior seats folded down, the capacity should increase to 47 cubic feet, a good number for this segment.
Engine Specs – 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage
The new 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage will get its motivation from a 1.2L 3-cylinder engine capable of cranking out 76 hp and 74 pounds of torque. All the trim levels will offer you a choice of 5-speed manual transmission system or a CVT.
The only drive system will be the FWD, just like in the 2015 model.
Currently, EPA hasn’t provided the fuel economy ratings for the vehicle, however, we should expect improvements from the previous model’s 34/42/37 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the five speed manual and 37/44/40 mpg with the Continuous Variable Transmission system.
The values, basing on the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage, are rather amazing for a gasoline engine. The 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage should be able to dash from 0-60 mph in a sluggish 11.7 seconds, according to credible sources. But, nothing is final yet.
Standard safety features for the 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage include side curtain airbags, traction and stability control, and a driver knee airbag. Front and rear parking sensors should come as optional equipment on both trim levels.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 0.5 in. (96.5 in.)
Length: 12 ft. 4.8 in. (148.8 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 5.6 in. (65.6 in.)
Passenger volume: 86.2 ft³
Cargo volume: 17,2 ft³
Curb weight: 1973 lbs
Top Speed: N/A mph
0-60: N/A sec
MPG: 37/44 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Cloud White, Infrared, Kiwi Green, Mystic Black, Plasma Purple, Sapphire Blue, Starlight Silver and Thunder Gray
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
Price & Release Date – 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage
As for the expected release date of the new Mitsubishi Mirage 2016, we should expect the mini vehicle somewhere in the 1st Q of 2016. Its price should be around $15,000 and its closest rival should be the miniature 2016 Nissan Leaf sibling.
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